Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Frodo Lives (at Texas A&M University-Commerce)

I am getting ready to head off to Texas A&M University-Commerce, where I will be serving as a visiting expert for the National Endowment for the Humanities' "The Real and Imagined Middle Ages in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" Institute for teachers from across the country, organized by Professors Robin Anne Reid and Judy Ann Ford. Needless to say, I'm very pleased I was invited to be a part of the programming. I will be lecturing and leading discussions on the topic of Tolkien's influence on contemporary fantasy.

In other news...

* Librivox has added some new unabridged readings of particular interest to genre readers:
The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
The Song of Roland (Author Unknown)
The Age of Chivalry by Thomas Bulfinch
Short Science Fiction Collection #21 by Jack Williamson, Robert Shea, and other authors

* Frankensteinia: The Frankenstein Blog (syndicated for LJ as frankens) discusses Frankenstein and all things related in the arts, media, and popular culture. My discovery of this blog is well timed, as The Classic Tales podcast is currently running a new unabridged reading of Mary Shelley's classic.

"Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects (in general) the small reach of their imagination - not the small reach of their courage or latent power."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, interview with Dennis Gerrolt for Now Read On...
Tags: frankenstein, gothic, teaching, tolkien

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